Triple Bordego 04/22/10
TRiP Lounge – Santa Monica, CA
Words/Photos by Reverend Justito

I should probably just get it out in the open that I am typing this from the former cubical of one of the members of Triple Bordego. For years, I would get e-mails saying “hey man, my band is playing” and for years I would say “dude, I really want to go, but band XXX is in town and I already have tix.” Finally, our two paths came together, as the underground Los Angeles punk band booked a show at TRiP Lounge in Santa Monica on a night when I had no prior plans. So with unseasonably cold weather sweeping across Southern California, I put on my coat and walked six blocks down the hill to Lincoln Blvd to check out my former co-workers band.

The group kicked off their hour long set at the small dive bar moments after the Lakers blew a lead to Seattle Oklahoma Super Sonics. Within seconds of the opening notes, I was taken back to the mid 1990’s. With a catchy punk sound that reminded me of acts like Face to Face, Blink 182 and Goldfinger, it only further proved that the 90’s are indeed making a come back here in 2010.

The four piece band sounded tight on older songs such as “Too Old” and “311223”. However, the bands newer material is where they really shine. The lyrics I could make out on the song “C Street” really stuck a nerve in my currently lonely soul. I wish I could have made out the lyrics better, but my only complaint of the evening is how loud the venue is. Don’t get me wrong, I like it loud, but TRiP is painfully loud which only hurts the music/makes me wonder if I will return.

I can’t help but think that Triple Bordego would sound perfect blasting from the “Kevin Says” stage at Warped Tour later this summer. Their songs are filled with fast pop-punk riffs over harmonized vocals. The band has an excellent ear for melody as showcased on songs like “Bright Hands” (which featured front man CJ on an acoustic guitar). In addition to solid playing from all members (especially bassist Tyson and lead guitarist Sim), the band clearly has a sense of humor. When not making fun of Puddle of Mudd (and themselves for essentially ripping off/speeding up the chord progression of the popular rock radio song “She Hates Me”) the band is busting out covers of the current pop-tart princess Lady Gaga. In fact the gal next to me mentioned to her lover that “Bad Romance” was the highlight of the night.

If you miss the go easy punk sounds of the 1990’s and happen to be in the Los Angeles area, you owe it to yourself to check out Triple Bordego. While right now, they may just be a group of friends playing together in bars – know that when the punk resurgence comes back in full around 2013, these four men will be leading the charge.

A direct descendant of the outlaw Jesse James and star of a 1983 Kilpatricks Bread radio commercial, Reverend Justito has taken his gift of ADHD and put it to good use by creating one of a kind concert reviews. A bootlegger at heart, the man lives off Whiskey, Taco Bell and the love of San Francisco sports teams.
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Friday, April 23rd, 2010 at 11:13 am.
Categories: Reviews.

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